A group of investors has urged food firms to improve their water risk management

Why investors are concerned about water risk

A group of 60 institutional investors has written to 15 food and drink companies urging improvement in how they manage and report on water r...

The Schwan Food Co., Birds Eye owner Pinnacle or brands like ConAgra's Banquet could be targets

What US companies might Nomad Foods buy?

Within a year of being established, Nomad Foods has made waves in Europe's frozen food sector, snapping up Iglo Group and agreeing a deal fo...

Five Guys among US burger chains to enter - or set to enter - UK

Competition intensifies among UK burger chains

As if hamburger-focused concepts in the UK did not already have enough competition, now the Americans are coming, bringing many of their bet...

Mexico has introduced series of measures on to try to change consumption habits

Soda draws fire from food in Mexico obesity battle

Much attention has been focused on the impact Mexico's tax on soda tax introduced in January 2014 has had on consumption. Ben Cooper looks a...

Flowers Foods acquired Dave's Killer Bread in a US$275m deal

Why Flowers Foods organic bread deal is a killer

Flowers Foods last week announced the acquisition of organic bread maker Dave's Killer Bread, a move which accelerates its growth in the org...

International food players are targeting an Iranian consumer base of 80m

How attractive could Iran be for food majors?

The easing of decade-long economic sanctions on Iran lifted could open a potentially attractive market for international food makers, with a...

Kraft Heinz sales do not wow but earnings outlook bright 17 Aug 15

Kraft Heinz Co. last week gave some indication of the financial performance of its constituent parts when the newly-formed company published second-quarter numbers for the former Kraft Foods and HJ Heinz, the last periods as independent entities before the merger closed in July. Lacklustre sales trends remain but the group is also positioned to meet its long-term margin potential and could emerge a beneficiary of potential sector consolidation. Katy Askew reports.

Nestle first-half results – 8 things to learn 14 Aug 15

Nestle saw organic sales increase 4.5% in the first half of 2015 and confirmed it is on track to meet full-year guidance of growth of "around 5%". The company pushed through efficiency initiatives it is feeding back into marketing investment and said it is starting to see a turnaround in its problem areas – US frozen and China. However, the company remained cautious on the outlook for China while the impact of the Maggi recall in India weighed. Here are just-food's key takeaways from Nestle's first half.

Thought Leaders

FrieslandCampina H1 earnings up despite flat sales

Dean Best | 27 Aug 15 FrieslandCampina increased payout to members

FrieslandCampina, the Dutch dairy giant, today (27 August) booked a jump in half-year earnings despite flat sales, helped by lower raw milk costs, foreign exchange and sales of "added-value" products.

Mengniu sales dip but work on costs boosts profits

Dean Best | 27 Aug 15 Mengniu profits improve

Mengniu Dairy, the Chinese dairy group, has reported an increase in half-year profits despite lower sales amid efforts to reduce costs.

Terrena set to close Doux deal in new year

Dean Best | 27 Aug 15 Doux set to change control in January

French food co-op Terrena and local agribusiness Sofiprotéol should seal their deal to acquire a majority stake in poultry processor Groupe Doux in January.

Recent News - (Updated: 10:38pm 27 Aug 2015)

Nomad Foods H1 "in line with expectations"

Smucker Q1 sales, profit beat analyst expectations

Fyffes posts H1 jump in sales, profits

BFY Holdings names Paul Nardone CEO

French body calls for five-colour nutrition labels

Rhodes Food Group's Deemster buy gets green light

SunOpta invests in stand-up pouches

Hong Kong blocks Vietnam poultry on bird flu fear

Sustainability Watch - Smithfield Foods on new targets 11 Aug 15

Ben CooperAnimal welfare remains 'challenging' area, Leeth admits

Smithfield Foods, the US meat group, has set out a new tranche of goals on sustainability, building on targets it laid out in 2010. Ben Cooper spoke with Stewart Leeth, vice president of regulatory affairs and sustainability, about the company's progress over the past five years and the launch of the new targets.

Briefing: Interview: Gluten-free early-mover Mrs Crimble's plots future growth 31 Jul 15

Dean BestMrs Crimble's eyeing interest in healthier products with NPD

Mrs Crimble's was one of the clutch of brands Tesco listed when it set up a dedicated free-from fixture in the UK a decade go, a move seen as key to the early development of the category in the country. With gluten free now a crowded market, how can Mrs Crimble's continue to grow? Dean Best met with Gareth Toms, the company's international commercial director, to discuss its plans.

just the answer: Happy Family CEO Shazi Visram on baby and beyond 30 Jul 15

Hannah AbdullaShazi Visram, CEO, Happy Family.

Happy Family, the US organic baby food maker acquired by Danone in 2013, has enjoyed rapid growth. In 2006 the company reported turnover of US$115,000. This year it forecasts turnover of $130m. And its quest for further expansion has seen the firm move into adult snacking with the launch of Shine Organics pouches. Hannah Abdulla catches up with CEO and founder Shazi Visram to talk about how the company has evolved and how it has benefited from the tie-up with Danone.

Heinz under fire in Israel - but label still says 'ketchup'

Dean Best, just-food editorial team Dean Best | 25 Aug 15

Heinz's flagship product has provoked the ire of a competitor in Israel, a story that has attracted headlines in the international mainstream media. But even after making a change to the labels, a bottle of the red sauce can still use the word 'ketchup' in English.

US lawsuit puts prawn supply chain back in spotlight

Dean Best, just-food editorial team Dean Best | 24 Aug 15

A lawsuit tabled in the US has brought fresh attention to the supply chain for prawns, which hit headlines around the world last year amid claims of slavery.

Groups warn of impact of Scotland GM ban on industry

Hannah Abdulla, just-food editorial team Hannah Abdulla | 20 Aug 15

Nearly 30 industry bodies have signed an open letter to the Scottish government asking it to reconsider its plan to ban on GMO crops, arguing that it would stop the use of cost-effective sustainable crops.

The opportunities in Europe's gluten-free market

The opportunities in Europe's gluten-free market

Gluten-free is blossoming in a number of European countries. What are the most attractive markets? What are the trends to watch? What challenges lay ahead? This briefing investigates.

How are food's giants performing in China?

How are food's giants performing in China?

The recent easing of China's economic growth has weighed on the local operations of some of the food industry's majors.

ConAgra to quit private label

ConAgra to quit private label

It is not even three years since the US group became the largest own-label business in the country through its acquisition of Ralcorp Holdings. Now ConAgra's new CEO has decided it is time to sell the under-pressure unit.

Sustainable sourcing: the latest developments

Sustainable sourcing: the latest developments

just-food looks at the sustainability of supply chains for four key commodities: palm oil, cocoa, soy and sugar.

Management briefing: just-food’s industry outlook for 2015

Management briefing: just-food’s industry outlook for 2015

just-food takes a look at some key trends that are likely to be key to the food sector in 2015, from the prospects for M&A to significant consumer trends and hot emerging markets. Compiled by our editorial team, these are the trends that will matter as another year unfolds for the industry.. Read more

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